Combat sports: Dodson cashes in

Thanks to his immense popularity and name recognition in the Albuquerque-area combat sports community, John “The Magician” Dodson was paid $75,000 – almost twice as much as the two fighters in the main event reunited – for his fight on August 28. Map of the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship at the Rio Rancho Events Center.

He did not let BKFC down, scoring a first-round knockout of Ryan Benoit that night. It was Dodson’s bare-knuckle debut. He is 22-13 years old as an MMA fighter, having fought twice for the UFC flyweight title.

Benoit, also an MMA veteran, was paid $20,000.

As first reported by, the New Mexico Athletic Commission has released payouts for all participants on the BKFC card.

Unlike the UFC, the BKFC does not award win bonuses, performance bonuses or fight of the night bonuses – or at least, if they do, they are not disclosed. What the NMAC has published are the payments in accordance with the contracts filed.

Californian Christine Ferea, who defeated South Carolina’s Taylor Starling by first-round TKO in the Aug. 28 main event, was awarded $22,500. Starling won $20,000.

It was clear that local reputation and potential pulling power had value. Next are longtime Albuquerque MMA fighters Isaac Vallie-Flagg ($9,000) and Donald Sanchez ($7,500).

Vallie-Flagg (16-7-1 MMA, 3-2 bare knuckle) lost by unanimous decision to Brad Kelly, who was paid $5,000.

Sanchez (30-20 MMA, 0-1 bare knuckle) lost via unanimous decision to Jeremy Smith, who was paid $4,000.

Albuquerque’s Jayme Hinshaw (4-4 MMA, 1-0 unarmed) was paid $5,000 for her first-round TKO win over Cassie Robb.

Dodson’s younger brother Eric was paid $2,500 for his first-round knockout of Nick Villar.

We hope John picks up the check the next time the Dodson brothers dine together.

NM GOES 0-2-1 IN UTAH: Bosque Farms boxer Katherine Lindenmuth (2-1) suffered the first loss of her still embryonic pro career Saturday nightlosing by majority decision to Yadira Bustillos of Las Vegas, Nevada at Saltair Arena in Salt Lake City.

Two judges scored the light flyweight in six rounds (108 pounds) against a shutout – 60-54 for Bustillos (6-0). A third judge scored a draw, 57-57.

Albuquerque light heavyweight Lorenzo Benavidez (3-5-1, one KO) lost by unanimous decision in six rounds to Damarian Kelly (5-4, three KOs) of Casper, Wyoming.

Nonetheless, Benavidez happily celebrated his 25th birthday in Salt Lake City on Sunday.

Based on previous records, Bosque Farms heavyweight Manuel Eastman looked like a prohibitive underdog against undefeated Salt Lake City area fighter Bishop Le’i.

Eastman, however, fought Le’i to a draw. All three judges scored the fight in four rounds 38-38. Eastman is now 3-7-2 (one knockout), Le’i 3-0-1 (three knockouts).

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